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Telluride Film Review: ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’

A fascinating Benicio Del Toro performance powers this enterprising B-movie about a naive young surfer falling prey to the toxic charms of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

A Canadian surfer finds himself in the deadliest closeout of his life — on dry land — in “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which imagines that downfall of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (played by Benicio Del Toro) as seen through the eyes of a naive acolyte drawn into his web. The directorial debut of veteran Italian actor Andrea di Stefano (“The Prince of Homburg,” “Eat Pray Love”), “Escobar” offers an odd mix of action movie, romantic melodrama and cautionary traveler’s tale, which works better than it should thanks to Del Toro’s fascinating performance and Di Stefano’s assured, muscular helming. Pickled up during production by Weinstein Co. subsidiary Radius, this smarter-than-average genre pic (scheduled for a Nov. 26 release) could prove a robust performer in niche theatrical and VOD play, especially if it connects with the large and underserved Latino moviegoing crowd.

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'Escobar: Paradise Lost': Telluride Review

Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano’s directorial debut is a melodrama about notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar

A fresh dramatic perspective breathes some welcome new life into the modern drug trade genre in Escobar: Paradise Lost. This ambitious directorial debut by Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano takes some helpful hints from The Godfather in concentrating on the family circle around a notorious criminal figure, making possible a multi-dimensional view of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar which is further aided by a full-bodied performance from Benicio del Toro

With dedicated handling by Radius, this absorbing and increasingly tense multi-lingual melodrama could achieve ample box office traction with young mainstream viewers, courtesy of co-star Josh Hutcherson, as well as with the large U.S. Hispanic audience.

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“Hutcherson imbues the character with a believability that transcends the script’s limitations. The actor’s supporting gig in the “Hunger Game” movies hasn’t provided him with sufficient material to show his range, but “Escobar” gives him with another shot, following noteworthy turns in “The Kids Are Alright” and “Detention.” His roles in those movies bear little resemblance to the wide-eyed survivor on display here.”

Indie Wire’s review of  Escobar: Paradise Lost

Anonymous SAID:
Is paradise lost ever going to play at movie theaters ?

Yep, November 26th in the US.

Telluride Review: Josh Hutcherson Flees Menacing Benicio Del Toro in Solid B-Movie ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’

Colombia’s most famous drug lord gets second-billing in this tense story of a young man struggling to escape the cartel’s reign of power.

The legacy of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, who reached the height of his cocaine-smuggling power in the eighties running a multimillion dollar cartel operation, is obvious fodder for the movies. Though Escobar surrendered to authorities in 1991, escaped a year later and was killed in a firefight shortly afterward, his luxurious career provides many access points, as demonstrated by the recent spate of Escobar projects: In addition to a 2012 Colombian mini-series, contemporary efforts to explore Escobar’s life include the upcoming production of the black list screenplay “The Ballad of Pablo Escobar,” starring John Leguizamo in the title role, and the tense, well-acted “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which features Benicio Del Toro.

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Sneak Preview of Escobar: Paradise Lost at Telluride Film Festival

Saturday TBAs

1:30PM - DIPLOMACY - Masons
3:30PM - WILD TALES - Masons 
5:00PM - Great Expectations - Le Pierre
8:45PM - WHERE EAGLES DARE - Masons 
Nick (Josh Hutcherson) and Dylan (Brady Corbet), two Canadian brothers, discover an idyllic surfing beach on the coast of Colombia, where Nick eyes Maria (Claudia Traisac), an idealistic local girl who works with the poor. But this love story has a dark side: Maria’s wealthy, very protective uncle is Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro), the country’s biggest narco-trafficker, and one of the most dangerous men alive. Writer-director Andrea Di Stefano ingeniously mixes fact and fiction in this disturbing thriller, with Hutcherson (Jennifer Lawrence’s love interest in the Hunger Games movies) giving a touching performance as an ordinary guy stumbling headlong into terror and violence, holding his own opposite one of the most charismatic actors alive. And Del Toro, with his mixture of avuncular sweetness, self-mythologizing grandiosity and cobra-like cruelty, may well have been born to play Escobar. (France-Spain-Belgium, 2014, 120m) In person: Andrea Di Stefano
Second screening: CJC/Sun 12:15P Q&A